Tab Clearing Tuesday

Misc. stories for your enjoyment.

With over 99% of ballots counted, Boric, 35, who leads a broad leftist coalition, had 55.86% of the vote, compared with 44.14% for far-right rival Jose Antonio Kast, who conceded defeat.

Louisiana attorney general Jeff Landry has formally requested, on state letterhead, that Louisiana State University take disciplinary action against a tenured professor for referring to one of Landry’s political staffers as a “flunkie” on Twitter after she spoke at an LSU Faculty Senate meeting.

The letter, dated Dec. 9 and addressed to LSU president William F. Tate IV, accuses LSU journalism professor Robert Mann of violating the “Commitment to the Community” guidelines found in the faculty handbook, which emphasize values such as personal and social integrity, compassion, respect, and positive contributions to the campus and surrounding community.

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Moosebreath says:

    “Inside HigherEd: Louisiana AG Calls for LSU to Punish Professor Over Tweet.”

    I am sure the Bari Weisses of the world who decry cancel culture in higher education will be all over this. /sarcasm

  2. John430 says:

    This demonstrates the rise of a superfluous class of pseudo-elites whose role is to teach and enforce an astro-turfed pseudo-morality manufactured by academics in activist pseudo-disciplines and spread by disordered personalities on social media before becoming entrenched as a pseudo-culture.

  3. Stormy Dragon says:

    See, I could never be a University President because my response letter would absolutely be addressed “To: Attorney General Jeff Landry and His Flunkie”

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Louisiana attorney general Jeff Landry has formally requested, on state letterhead,

    Touchy touchy…

    @John430: Why you botha?

  5. CSK says:

    Robert Mann is pro-vaccine and testing of unvaccinated students. Landry seems to be opposed to this.

    Mann’s a professor of communications, so I assume he’s quite familiar with the First Amendment.

  6. @John430: The irony of the deployments of “pseudo” is deep.

    Beyond that, I honestly have no idea what your point is.

  7. Sleeping Dog says:


    Huh? What’s that word salad supposed to mean??

  8. wr says:

    @John430: Was your account hacked by Lounsbury?

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: @Sleeping Dog: @wr:

    My guess is it has pseudo purpose.

  10. Mikey says:

    @John430: Whatever drugs you’re on clearly weren’t pseudo.

  11. Scott F. says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:
    I have to admit I spent a moment trying to figure out what authentic-elites teaching an authentic-morality based on authentic-disciplines would entrench as an authentic-culture. But, I could feel a headache coming on, so I stopped.

  12. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @John430: Help me out here–is your comment pseudo gravitas or pseudo snark? I can’t decide.

  13. Mister Bluster says:

    astro-turfed pseudo-morality
    Calling your boyfriend Donald Trump’s “you can grab them by the pussy” utterance locker room talk.

  14. Scott O says:

    @John430: I quasi-enjoyed your comment. It was quasi-interesting in a quasi-absurd sort of quasi-fashion. Quasi Christmas!

  15. liberal capitalist says:

    @Scott O:

    I quasi-enjoyed your comment. It was quasi-interesting in a quasi-absurd sort of quasi-fashion. Quasi Christmas!

    That’s so meta.

  16. JohnSF says:

    You wot, mate?